[NAFEX] best late apples
marillen at earthlink.net
Wed Oct 6 21:51:37 EDT 2010
Yup, I've grown all of those down here & my experience agrees with yours in several ways... Newtown Pippin (& Winesap) are too early down here to be considered a very late apple (actually they're all ripe before Yates). Pink Lady is >highly< susceptible to fireblight (at least here). Granny's do ripen very well here. I've never eaten a Granny Smith of better quality than those grown on our Georgia farm. They were also a bit more blushed than what you find in the store. Much sweeter, too, though without losing the tart, just in balance. Unfortunately, both it an Arkansas Black also will succumb to fireblight as well, though it may take a couple of decades.
Our neighbor had some very nice Winter Terry apples last year that were very good. They seem to be in the same season as Yates, but larger and more flavorful. I've not grown this cultivar myself.
North Carolina, low 40's tonight.
>From: Alan Haigh <alandhaigh at gmail.com>
>Sent: Oct 6, 2010 2:14 PM
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: [NAFEX] best late apples
>I'm up in Z6 but you already have about the best late great keeper in
>Goldrush as far as I'm concerned. Just as good in a different taste is Pink
>Lady, but it's bound to be harder to grow than Goldrush. In heirlooms
>Winesap and Arkansas Black fill the bill. Up here so does Newtown Pippin
>but down there it might ripen too early to really store well deep into
>winter. Your season might be almost long enough to properly ripen Granny
>Smith which they don't seem to be able to do in E. Washington state.
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